I have to plead guilty to being an enormous procrastinator, so now, having found a few peaceful moments, I’m stepping into the time machine again to reflect upon how the first few weeks of my internship progressed.
My internship is at a small tech startup called Katalysis, so it’s not quite the structured internship one would find at a large company. Thus my challenge, as I mentioned in my last post, has been to be vocal about how light or heavy I find my workload and about what exactly I’d like to do. Fortunately, there is ample opportunity to do this. We have daily feedback standups as a team and once a week I touch base with my bosses, who are sensitive to making sure that I like the tasks I’m engaged in.
This has had both its plusses and minuses for me. The upside, of course, is that I have some degree of control over what I do. The downside is that, finding a task difficult or unpleasant (cough-cough web development cough-cough), it can be easy to back away from it even if it might help me develop a valuable skill.
So to sum it up, the challenge of being in an environment where I am afforded independence and flexibility is not only that I need the initiative to ask for work when I don’t have enough. In addition, the customizability, so to speak, of my role requires that I think carefully about how much I like what I’m doing, how valuable the skill I’m developing is in itself, and how it will contribute to my long term development goals. Having many small projects instead of one large project also means that I must try to define a certain focus and consistency amongst many the things that I am working on. These are all considerations that I will have to keep fresh in my mind as I move forward.